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Sew Reporter – 12th September

Happy Sunday gang! Who’s glad it’s September? If you’re starting to plan your autumn/winter sewing projects, we’ve got a bumper update of new things and restocks that might be of interest!

We’ve topped up on paper patterns from some of your favourite indie designers and we’ve got TWO new designs from By Hand London, an autumnal dress from Sew House Seven and a gorgeous new jacket/coat from Merchant and Mills! If this little lot wasn’t enough to browse, we’ve shared some great things to read, watch and listen to. Have a wonderful day!

Raven Maureen's Milkmaid dress by Lydia Naomi Studio

We are loving all the milkmaid style dresses we’ve seen popping up on Instagram and Raven Maureen’s Milk Maid Dress by Lydia Naomi Studio stopped us in our tracks. It’s absolutely stunning! Check out the full blog post on thoughts on the pattern and making process.

Ann Richard's Norma Blouse

We have never seen a Norma we didn’t like, and we particularly love this one! Ann Richards made the Norma Blouse from Fibre Mood and a pretty floral print and remarked “I love those sleeves!”. We do too Ann!

It’s a double whammy for Amy’s latest make – a much-loved (and made pattern) and a fabric that has been adored by sewists everywhere! Amy made the McCall’s M7969 Dress with puff sleeves and the result is rather fetching. Read more about how Amy made this dreamy M7969 on her blog, Almond Rocks.

Stripes for life! If you too are partial to the clever use of directional stripes, then you will love reading how Tiffany hacked the Pony Tank and Dress from Chalk and Notch to make an impact with this bold stripe. Read her blog, TipStitched for all the crafty details.

“If dresses were rated by a twirl factor, this would get top marks”. It’s just as we suspected, the Roseclair Dress by Cashmerette IS the twirliest! Oh Sew Fearless couldn’t have picked a better fabric for this pattern, we love absolutely everything about this make!

Layering season is fast approaching and you can’t beat a good turtleneck to pull every outfit together! Melinda made the Rise Turtleneck from Papercut Patterns in a cosy merino blend jerseyfabric, isn’t it marvellous? Read her lovely blog, All The Little Happy Things for more detail.

When your face shows exactly how you feel about your new handmade dress (you know it’s good!)! How incredible is Holly’s Tazmin Dress from By Hand London? The fabric shows off the details (and fantastic sewing) beautifully.

You can’t beat a good broderie Anglaise blouse, can you? Emily managed to squeeze a Belle Blouse by Fibre Mood out of a remnant, and what a result it is! Read Emily’s blog, Self Assembly Required for all the details of this lovely make.

We’ve topped up on paper patterns from some of your favourite indie designers and we’ve got TWO new designs from By Hand London, an autumnal dress from Sew House Seven and a gorgeous new jacket/coat from Merchant and Mills! I

Do you already have a specific design in mind? Or do you need some help finding the perfect pattern for your fabric? You can search all the patterns in our database using our newly updated sewing-specific search tool.

Hovea jacket and coat from Megan Nielsen


We’ve also been busy restocking paper patterns across your favourite indie designers ready for new season sewing!

Array tops and dress by Papercut Patterns
Ines Shirt from Tessuti Fabrics
Bakerloo Blouse and Dress by Nina Lee

You’ll find paper pattern restocks on:

It’s time for the latest edition of The Sew Down where we bring you a rundown of some of the interesting stuff we have found, bought, read and watched in the world of sewing in the past month. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a sewing session!

Love To Sew Podcast

Love To Sew is back with a bang for the new season of the podcast with a fabulous (and useful) first episode! Helen and Caroline reckon that an organized stash is the key to enjoying your fabrics. In this episode they share tips on small-space strategies, listener tips, cataloguing methods, they’ve got ideas for any stash!

Check out Episode 185: Fabric Stash Organization

Autumn/Winter craft incoming! We became a little obsessed with Bargello when Nerrisa introduced her brand, The Bargello Edit, last year. This modern take on a historic needlecraft is just the thing for cosy evenings on the sofa. Nerrisa is releasing her first book on the 14th of October 2021 and we are so excited to get stuck in! It’s up for pre-order now – yippee!

We are excited about this weekend’s cinema release! Starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, this biopic follows the rise of Aretha’s career from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom. We are sure the costumes are going to be sensational (and very much of interest to us sewists) too!

Respect is released in cinemas nationwide on the 10th of September.

Iris Apfel turned 100!

Did you see that the incredible Iris Apfel turned 100 last week?
“More is more & less is a bore” – Iris Apfel. Now that is something to channel into our sewing, along with ALL the inspiration for playing with print, colour, texture, silhouette and generally making clothes FUN 
If you don’t follow her account on social media, it’s well worth a look!

If you haven’t discovered Amy Nicole Studio yet and are a petite sewer, this might be a great fit for you! Amy Nicole designs for “gals of small stature with big personalities”. Expect playful, vibrant, and quirky designs, that don’t forget about comfort. Not petite? No worries! Each Amy Nicole Pattern can be easily adjusted for taller frames and ample instruction and guidelines for doing so. We are so pleased to have these fun patterns on The Fold Line shop!

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